Dr Bill Schofield AM


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    Dr Bill Schofield is a respected scientist who specialises in aeronautical and defence technology. In his 37 years at Defence Science and Technology (DSTO) his most prominent role as Director of Aeronautical and Maritime Research Laboratories he held the responsibility of delivering DSTO’s scientific and technical advice to the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force. The laboratory consisted of 1000 scientists divided into 6 divisions.

    He co-authored the Kinnaird report to cabinet into defence acquisition practices. This now sets the guidelines for all defence acquisitions. He advises defence-related companies, and has led reviews for the Federal and Victorian Governments. He was appointed by federal cabinet to the Board of the Australian Submarine Corporation and has contributed to the new Defence White Paper.

    Awards and Qualifications

    • Awarded Distinguished friend of the CRC Association for his extended leadership of the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures.
    • Daniel & Florence Guggenheim Memorial Lecture Award, International Council of Aeronautical Sciences
    • Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
    • Centenary Medal “For outstanding service to science and technology, particularly public policy”
    • Von Karman Award: International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (shared)
    • Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    • Associate Fellow of Australian Institute of Management
    • Fellow Royal Aeronautical Society
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Aerodynamics, University of Melbourne
    • Master of Engineering Science, University of Melbourne
    • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), University of Melbourne

    Career History

    • Principal of aadi Defence Pty Ltd
    • Chairman for CRC Advanced Composite Structures
    • Director AMOG consulting
    • Director of Aerospace Maritime and Defence Foundation of Australia
    • Director Aeronautical and Maritime Research Laboratory, DSTO
    • First Assistant Secretary Science Policy
    • Chief Airframes and Engines Division, DSTO
    • Chief Aerodynamics and Aeropropulsion Division, DSTO
    Dr Bill Schofield was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian Defence Forces aviation capabilities and the Centenary medal for outstanding service to science and technology, particularly public policy.
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